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I'm a longarm quilter and fabric designer for Andover Fabrics. I wrote Small Stash Sewing. I illustrated The Family Doodle Book. I wrote and illustrated DIY Mason Jars and DIY Wine Corks. I am a lifelong painter. I am a Cape Codder, good listener and lover of pie. I love yoga and gardening. Let's be friends!





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197: QM some of saturday

Ok, trying to finish up my market recap here...
Friday night... Hmmmm, hmmm, ok... Tai chi guy, lost in a van.... ok ok. (If you are just joining us, take a look at the previous post to find out what the hell I am talking about!)

So  we decided to go somewhere else for dinner, since we couldn't find the place we were looking for. I'll spare you the details  except to say that though we didn't officially vote on it, I am quite sure I won for "Most Embarrassing First Concert." If you can guess what it was, I will send you a prize.
Here, I will even give you some hints: It was 1986 and the concert venue was small.  Have at it.

More hanging out in the Westminster block. Got a chance to sit down have a great chat with the lovely  (and surprisingly glamorous and funny!) Heather Ross. Her new line is just awesome. I want to eat it.


Dammit. Now that I am trying to speed through this to finish up, I feel like I am just name dropping! But I just don't have the energy to write it all out in story form! Forgive me.

Joel Dewberry was just lovely , as was his booth: 


Those frames display  line drawings of his new quilt patterns.  

I loved the 3-d butterflies in his booth:


It is so odd to me that many of these designers are about the same age as me, 33. I try not to compare myself, but I do feel so behind everyone! During the years that everyone else was going to college and following that with building their careers, I was just trying to scrape myself up off the floor and learn how to live in the world. I am just happy that  I'm here now. There is plenty of time to do what I want to do. (Right?)

Tina Givens was just adorable. And yes, elfin! She even had 2  pairs of the cutest elfy shoes! And her booth, well, take a look:


So crisp and professional. Wow.



A shot of the quilt made with her new line: 


Do you see what I see on the lower left there? 


Bees! Amazing awesome bee fabric! I want a dress made out of that fabric.

I know you are waiting for me to show Heather Bailey's new line, but guess what? This is the only shot I have! 

I'm sorry! She didn't have a booth, and it didn't occur to me to take pictures of the swatches. It is ,of course, amazing - as you can see in the little dress there at the bottom. The quilt was put together by Heather and her mom in a ridiculously tiny amount of time- and it was beautiful. 

Jennifer Paganelli was so sweet. We had a bunch of mini chats and she was so down-to-earth and easy to talk with.  Look at these awesome quilts made with her fabrics:


I love that tunic! I went to the fabric store last night looking for a tunic pattern, anyone have any suggestions?

More people I kept bumping into:
The lovely Michelle Freedman and Violet Craft (of Kung Fu Bambini). Yes, that is Violet's  real name, she married into it. Isn't that just the coolest? ( not that Freedman isn't cool, Michelle, but you know what I mean.)

Ok, I'm sure you are sick of hearing about it, but I will be back later with the wrap-up of Saturday and Saturday night.  Sorry to end so abruptly, but it is Memorial Day Weekend on Cape Cod, and to me that means  estate sales!

Bye for now.

xo, m 

Reader Comments (13)

I want the tunic too! I asked her if she was going to make a pattern for that and she said no. sniff sniff! I'll have to look for one at the store too! I just think it's adorable!! Love your blog!
May 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryBeth
Hmmm. Embarrassing first concert, 1986.... Skid Row? Poison? Motley Crue? LOL!
Melissa, it was great to meet you in Portland. I was the one hanging with wild Myrinda! I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well. Don't worry about name-dropping. You know, by Houston, people will be dropping your name! I can't wait for your line to come out!
May 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTraci Butler
OMGosh wish I could have been there - thanks for sharing those amazing pics!
May 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhoganfe handbags
I guess NKOTB!!!
My first concert was Donny and Marie - more embarrassing than yours?
May 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaper Dolls For Boys
I'm lovin the thorough reporting! Thanks for letting us into the secret world of the industry trade show. ~jen~
May 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen Eskridge
There have been quite a few reports from Portland, but I'm finding yours the most enjoyable.

And I'm really sorry you were not feeling well to really enjoy it.
May 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSequana
Well... my first concert was Menudo. Can it get any more embarrassing than that!?!?
May 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpatty/MODKID
That tunic reminds me of a pattern from Indygo Junction -- maybe it's close enough to create the tunic you want! It's called Tribeca (IJP-797)(IJ's web site isn't responding, so here's a reseller link). Check it out: http://www.fabric.com/notions-patterns-sewing-patterns-by-category-shirt-top-patterns-indygo-junction-tribeca-tunic-pattern.aspx
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlthyrone
I'm cracking up over Patty going to a Menudo concert! My concert-going days were pretty much over by 86 so I have no idea (but I'm extremely curious).

Thanks for sharing the pictures from Tina's booth. I loved seeing her fabric up close and all the different things she made, from furniture to clothes. Fun!
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjona
You could try simplicity 5568 or, for something a little less tunic-ish 5684.

(http://lotsofpatterns.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=2131030 for the first one or http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=5609 for the second one)
May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @ Letter9
O.K., I'm delurking to take a stab at your first concert. I'm trying to figure out who would have played there that you would be embarrassed about having seen, and all I can think of is Cinderella. It might have been someone like Bruce Hornsby, but that's not too bad really. I grew up in Mass., but I never went to the Melody Tent...just the Worcester Centrum or Providence Civic Center...ha, ha, now I feel old! ;-)
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMoira
Of course, that time period also yielded other "greats," like Dokken, Ratt, Great White, Quiet Riot...should I go on? ;-)
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMoira
Warlock, White Lion, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Warrant, Whitesnake, Slaughter, Winger (wow there were a lot of "w" bands, huh?). Look, clearly I was a hair-metalhead back in the day, but I'm starting to feel a little queasy remembering all of this, heh heh.

Maybe it Huey Lewis & The News? Just say warmer or colder, k?
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

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